Elementor Page Builder has a serious vulnerability that permits attackers to upload malicious files which grant access to the website server
In recent developments, a critical vulnerability has been unveiled within the highly popular Elementor website builder plugin, shaking the WordPress community. This vulnerability, rated at a staggering 8.8 out of 10, poses a serious threat, enabling attackers to execute remote code and potentially take control of affected websites.
The vulnerability, categorized as an "Unrestricted Upload of File with Dangerous Type," permits malicious file uploads, granting attackers the ability to execute commands on the website server. This security flaw lies specifically within the template uploader functionality of the Elementor plugin.
Unrestricted Upload of File with Dangerous Type
|December 6, 2023
|December 8, 2023
With over 5 million installations, Elementor's widespread usage amplifies the severity of this vulnerability. The potential for Remote Code Execution means attackers could gain command over affected websites, compromising their functionality and potentially breaching user data.
Until December 6, 2023, Wordfence, a leading authority in WordPress security, confirms this vulnerability's risk, asserting that versions up to and including 3.18.1 are susceptible. They caution that authenticated attackers with contributor-level access or higher can leverage this flaw to upload files and execute code on servers. Alarmingly, there's no known patch available as of December 6, 2023, prompting Wordfence to recommend uninstalling Elementor and seeking alternative solutions.
Later on December 8, 2023, a security patch, Elementor 3.18.2, has been released to address this critical issue. We strongly advise all users to update to this latest version immediately, without delay.
|Elementor Website Builder – More than Just a Page Builder
|elementor (view on wordpress.org)
|Update to version 3.18.2, or a newer patched version
Given the severity and implications of this vulnerability, immediate action is crucial for website administrators and owners. Updating Elementor to version 3.18.2 or any subsequent patched version is imperative to mitigate this security risk.
The Elementor WordPress plugin vulnerability poses a significant threat to website security, emphasizing the critical need for prompt updates and proactive security measures within the WordPress ecosystem. Stay vigilant, prioritize updates, and safeguard your online presence against potential cyber threats.